September 21, 2013   Welcome officially to Autumn; our favorite season of the year. As usual, work on this project was hindered by several events; for one, I had help from a genius-mentor (must not refer to him as such) setting up my digital movie files on my hard-drive so that I cam watch them wirelessly on our 50″ TV in another room. (several intense & rewarding months) and secondly, I was ill with near pneumonia (bronchitis) for 29 days; totally grounded. However; I’ve been very busy on this pair of Little Green Herons. I’ve decided to post project up-dates at the top of this page. Scroll down to see the previous report. Today’s report includes current photos of the project:

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Click on the above photos individually to enlarge to view detail. Photo top, far left are all of the components as they are today. The progress on both birds is even. Remaining texture on both under-sides and backs. After that is completed, will follow the final-fine-sanding of both beaks and sealer applied over-all.  Eyes will then be inserted on both birds. Before sending them to the “Paint Dept.” (Frau Junebug), Both birds will be “dry-fitted” to the base with brass rods, measured and bent to my specs. She will also receive the 21 (surviving) leaves for paint and the , walnut-base and base-stump, as well.

The 2d photo-top from the left is of the carved cray-fish which I’ve carved in deep-relief on the bottom of the base (pond?). To it will be added the fabricated eyes, antennae, legs and tail.While June is so occupied for at least, a week, or so, I will draw and carve the small sunfish (orange?) which will miraculously be a perfect-fit in the Heron’s open bill (beak?)

The three photos in the bottom row provide different views of the two small-twigs protruding, one on each lower side of the stump. These will be the platform from which the Rhododendron pods-of-five leaves each will be fastened to. Find them? Please remember that “ALL” of this was in my head before I started this project. If you are at the scheduled “public-unveiling” of this piece at the Sauder Village Woodcarving Show in Archbold, OH. next month, you’ll know that we pulled it off.  

Wildlife is for Carving, Bill

Bald Eagle #3

Bald Eagle #3

Little Green HeronMay 1, 2013 The Heron carving  on the left-photo’s artist is unknown (was not me).

This started last summer as the subject for our very last class (ever?), which happened to be the Little Green Heron (my first Water Bird).   As usual, I didn’t get to finish my carving because of the attention I focused on the needs of my class.  Happily, we retired from teaching (after 25 years) in October, last year. Recently we have resumed our “Carve-Ins” for the Hamonhaus Carvers (see the “Terms & Definitions Page” on the Home Page of this blog), I’ve picked-up on this Heron Project as the one I plan to have completed for our next show in the fall. I’ll work on it every chance I get including at the “Carve In”s, Fridays 10a.m.-1p.m.

As you can see from these several photos taken an hour ago, Much of the basic components are quite a-bit more than started. I’m working on the three individual  foot’s detail which is carved into the stump the birds will be perched on.  The “scale”s  and “talons”, to be specific. Soon, I’ll block-out blanks for the cray-fish, branches, leaves  and the fish. I want all of the elements finished to the same degree so I can do a “dry-fit” assembly (no-glue).

The feet will conclude the shaping/carving portion. I plan then,  to attach a few Rhododendron sprigs sticking-up at the rear of the stump with leaves and maybe, a blossom and/or, a bud (or two).  This will be soon followed by a good over-all sanding & a coat or two of sealer. All floral to be pre-painted, then attached to the stump.  This will all be then turned over to the paint department (Junebug) prior to assembly.

Components, not yet carved, nor in evidence in these pictures are, the floral referred to above,  a  fish to be in the open beak of a Heron and the Cray-fish to be lurking under the water. Yes;  Rhododendron, fish, water and crayfish!  Those, as well as the Waterbirds (Herons) are all “firsts” for me. Check-out the photos. I hope to add to this report with some progress and new photos, as we go forward.

G. Heron Pr 6G. Heron Pr 5G. Heron Pr 4G. Heron Pr 3G. Heron Pr 2G. Heron Pr 1

What you can hardly see on the table are the special glass eyes.  I’ll fashion the brass legs which will allow me to stand both birds on the base. At that point, I hope to carve the 2d foot for the up-right Heron, which will be held high against it’s breast. That one will be standing on one leg with a fish in it’s beak. Heron #2 will be fishing. The legs will be covered with epoxy, shaped, textured, etc.

Wildlife is for Carving,  Bill

Bald Eagle #3

Bald Eagle #3